Advanced Certificate Programs

Advanced Certificate Programs

Looking to build a deep and broad portfolio of creative work? Professional Certificate graduates can enter the Advanced Certificate program and customize an advanced program choosing from a range of specialized concentrations.

Build on the foundation you established in the Professional Certificate with challenging hands-on projects help you hone your work in print design, brand identity, Web design, or other creative areas. It's the perfect program for adult learners with diverse interests.

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Program Outline

Once you've completed the Professional Certificate, choose from the available concentrations below or create your own custom concentrations.

Program graduates earn an Advanced Certificate with concentrations listed: "Graphic Design Advanced Certificate with concentrations in Digital Photography and Web Design."

Program Courses

Choose from a range of different concentrations as you build your advanced Certificate program. Concentrations are 180 hours of intensive coursework (typically three or four courses) that enable you to explore a specific field of design or visual arts in depth. Whether you want to learn the ins and outs of advanced web design, produce and edit videos, or master digital photography, there's a concentration for you. Or create your own!

Design Business

Boost your business with design projects geared to branding, marketing, and advertising.

  • 4225 Advanced Logo Design
  • 4213 Web Portfolio Design
  • 4050 Marketing Design (Or 5580 Internet Marketing)
  • 4303 Design Business
Graphic Design

Develop practical graphic design skills with projects for Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

  • 4226 Illustrator Basics
  • 4228 InDesign Basics
  • 4013 Graphic Design I
Web Design

Learn to hand-code HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and utilize the Bootstrap Framework.

  • 5229 HTML And CSS Essentials
  • 5303 Bootstrap Using Dreamweaver I
  • 7110 JavaScript for Designers I
Print Design

Explore a range of advanced graphic packaging and layout design projects.

  • 4301 Print Production
  • 4302 Advanced Typography (Or 4335 Advanced Graphic Design)
  • 4305 Advanced Packaging Design
Brand Identity

Make your mark in a series of logo and identity design projects.

  • 4225 Advanced Logo Design
  • 4016 Advertising Design
  • 4014 Branding And Identity
Advanced Software

Advance your Adobe CC software skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

  • 4240 Photoshop Advanced (Or 7015 Digital Photography With Lightroom)
  • 4227 Illustrator Advanced
  • 4232 Indesign Advanced

Digital Photography

Unleash your inner shutterbug with our suite of photography classes.

  • 7002 Digital Photography I (Or 7004 Digital Photography II)
  • 4242 Color Correction
  • 7015 Digital Photography With Lightroom
Fine Arts

Paint your world with classic life drawing, figure drawing, and oil painting classes.

  • 4501 Drawing I (Or 4800 History Of Art)
  • 4502 Figure Drawing
  • 4700 Painting I
Advanced Web Design

Take your Web coding skills to the next level, with CSS, JavaScript, Web fonts, and more.

  • 5304 Bootstrap Using Dreamweaver II
  • 7116 Javascript for Designers II
  • 5415 Advanced CSS Layouts
  • 5216 Web Typography

Push your traditional and digital illustration skills to a higher level.

  • 4501 Drawing I (or 4502 Figure Drawing)
  • 4227 Illustrator Advanced
  • 4222 Digital Illustration Advanced
Digital Video

Learn professional level skills for shooting, editing, and producing videos.

  • 8040 Digital Video Production
  • 6225 Digital Video Editing I
  • 6010 After Effects I

Program Objectives
In the program, students learn how the following skills:

If our available concentrations don't quite fit your learning goals, build a concentration from our list of available vocational certificate courses. To earn a Freelance concentration, you must complete 180 hours of vocational course study, typically three or four courses.

The Freelance concentration is a great option for students who wish to customize their certificate programs with specific course selections. Work with your Admissions Advisor and select from available courses to build your Freelance concentration.

Student Feedback

I feel that the overall quality, composition, and complexity of my work have improved immensely. I feel more comfortable taking risks and exploring different design approaches with the skills and knowledge I’ve acquired.

Erin Stenzel, Marketing Design Advanced Certificate

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Career Information

Advanced certificate program graduates are prepared for wide range of positions and roles in graphic design, web design, digital media, and other creative visual arts fields. Visit our Career Center to explore job descriptions of the types of roles for which design program graduates are equipped.

Take advantage of our award-winning programs. They’re accredited, affordable, and delivered 100% online.

Getting Started

Enrolling online is easy and convenient.


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Program At a Glance

Upon completing the Professional Certificate program, students can enter the Advanced Certificate program, adding one or more concentrations.

Open Admissions. The Advanced Certificate is open admissions, with classes starting each month. To apply for the program, simply complete our free, no-obligation application and select your program options. Applicants are expected to have graduated high school.

Three Months Per Concentration. Classes start at the beginning of each month. The program can be completed in six months studying on a part time schedule. If you need more time to complete, there is a painless extension policy for an additional 12 months.

To take this program, you’ll need the following:

  • Mac or Windows computer with an Internet connection.
  • Software and supplies depend on your choice of concentration(s). (Check course syllabus pages or ask an Advisor for assistance.)
  • Computer must meet software manufacturer requirements.

Student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud software is available to enrolled students.

This program is available in 6 or 9 month tracks. Choose the track that best fits your available time.  
 Program Length Avge. Time/Week
6 Month Program360 hours15 hours/week
9 Month Program360 hours10 hours/week

Sessions College programs are flexible and affordable. There are no textbooks required; tuition costs include all digital materials.

Advanced Certificate
Tuition$999 per concentration
Registration Fee$200
Program Extensions$30/month
* Promotional tuition in effect until Dec 1st, 2016.

Enrollment in any certificate program requires a $200 registration fee (non-refundable five days after beginning of Orientation class or submission of first assignment). All tuition and fees must be paid on time, including those paid by third parties.

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